Dominion Recognizes 13 Employees As "Volunteers Of The Year"
RICHMOND, Va., April 15, 2013
RICHMOND, Va., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion is recognizing the
exceptional dedication of its employees, who volunteer their time and energy
to help in their local communities and in other countries, by honoring 13
individuals from Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut, Wisconsin and
Pennsylvania as the 2013 "Volunteers of the Year."
"These remarkable individuals demonstrate the qualities we hold high by giving
generously of their time and dedication, strengthening their communities and
brightening the lives of the people who live there," said Thomas F. Farrell
II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "This is a special time
of celebration and appreciation, and I extend my sincerest thanks for all they
do and the example they set for Dominion."
A wide range of organizations have benefited from the time and talent of these
volunteers. Among them are the Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement and
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Causes such as domestic violence,
literacy and poverty also have received a helping hand.
The volunteers will be recognized at awards ceremonies April 16 in Richmond
and April 25 in Akron, Ohio.
This year's winners are:
oDon Campbell, an administrative services supervisor in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
serves as vice president, coach and dance coordinator for the Adaptive
Sports Organization in Washington County, Pa. The organization provides
special needs individuals the opportunity to play sports. Campbell and
other parents of children with disabilities founded the group, which began
with soccer and has now expanded to include other activities, such as
baseball, dance, bowling and tennis.
oChesley Delans, a fuels operations consultant in Richmond, Va.,
participates in a variety of ministries, from Richmond area projects to
others as far away as Honduras. He organized a Hurricane Sandy relief trip
to New Jersey and plans to return this spring. He has participated in
various building and disaster restoration projects in locations ranging
from Petersburg and Mechanicsville to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and
oBob Doniel, a contractor resource specialist in Fredericksburg, Va.,
annually invests more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer leader with the Boy
Scouts of America. He also is a project leader for Dominion's annual
"Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" program. In 2012, he
recruited a contingent of Scouts to join Dominion employees in eradicating
invasive tree species at Mason Neck State Park. His other volunteer
efforts include Wreaths Across America, Fredericksburg Food Bank, "Stuff
the Bus" campaign and Pet Assistance League.
oNeil Durbin, a senior communications specialist in Cleveland, Ohio, has
been involved with Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland for nearly 23
years. In addition to serving on the board, he teaches weekly JA classes
and last year accomplished a personal goal of teaching JA in all nine
grades, K-8. An Eagle Scout, he has served as assistant scoutmaster, merit
badge counselor and Eagle Scout adviser with his old Troop 177 in Stow,
Ohio. Durbin also served as den leader and cub master for the Cub Scouts.
oDan Emery, a nuclear training supervisor at Kewaunee Power Station in
Wisconsin, serves as president of Kewaunee County's Violence Intervention
Project. VIP is a non-profit agency offering free services to any
individual who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. He also
has helped the Door Kewaunee Business Education Partnership programs
during their annual fundraising initiatives. The partnership – consisting
of local trades people, high school technical education students, building
supply companies, a local technical college, and community volunteers –
build a home that is sold at the end of the school year.
oJoi Gilliam-Norris, a customer service team lead for Dominion Hope in
Clarksburg, W.Va., founded Singles 40+, a group that provides members an
opportunity for fellowship and friendship with other adults, while helping
them deal with a wide variety of everyday challenges, such as working too
many hours in stressful jobs, shuttling children from one event to
another, living with or caring for aging parents. Gilliam-Norris also
volunteers with the Harrison County Child Advocacy Program, which provides
education and other services for sexually abused children and their
families to begin the healing process.
oJohn Hartung, a retiree from Dominion Transmission in Clarksburg, W.Va.,
devotes at least eight hours per week tutoring or providing other services
for Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County. Hartung says he derives
tremendous satisfaction when he sees his students achieve a break-through
moment. For example, Hartung helped a 17-year-old high-school dropout
prepare for and earn his GED. The young man later reported that he had
been hired as an apprentice coal miner. Hartung is now taking specialized
training to become a tutor in English as a Second Language.
oHolly Kelly, a senior controls specialist at Millstone Power Station in
Connecticut, devotes hundreds of hours with the Mystic Aquarium. Three
years ago, Kelly began working with her favorite animals, beluga whales,
as a member of the facility's Whale Enrichment Team (WETeam). Kelly comes
to the aquarium in the morning to entertain and play with the whales. She
is known among aquarium staff for picking up additional shifts when fellow
volunteers are not able to come in. She also joined the Aquarium's
Stranding First Responder Team. This unit receives special training to
assess and help coordinate rescues of marine mammals and sea turtles, who
accidentally strand themselves.
oRobert Kelly, a customer contracts administrator in Richmond, Va., has
been a Richmond Christmas Parade volunteer for 29 years. As chairman of
the now named Dominion Christmas Parade, Kelly increases his
parade-related workload in August, reaching out to corporate sponsors and
conducting biweekly meetings for a 15-member committee. He organizes more
than 100 parade units, coordinates local television coverage and prepares
for more than 100,000 parade watchers. Kelly is also a member of the
Knights of Columbus and the Westover Hills Neighborhood Association,
serving as its president for two terms and leading its annual spring
oWillie Phillips, a lineman in Virginia Beach, Va., spearheaded a
landscaping project at a women's shelter during a recent United Way Day of
Caring. He also participated in an electricity demonstration at the school
of a fellow lineman's daughter where he and his coworkers taught students
about electric safety. Phillips sets up bucket trucks at the starting line
of the annual March of Dimes charity walk on the Virginia Beach
oceanfront. This past year, in honor of his dedication to the event,
organizers asked Phillips to serve as official starter, holding a banner
and walking alongside local media representatives.
oPhillip Sandino, a Customer Solutions director in Herndon, Va., serves as
cub master of Pack 873 where leads and organizes monthly activities.
Sandino also supports the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network working
on fundraising projects to award scholarships to deserving Latino
students. Sandino also joins fellow employees in packing and delivering
supplemental food packages to ensure that students who receive free or
reduced-price lunches during the week will have better nutrition on the
oLinda Warren, an administrative assistant at Surry Power Station in
Yorktown, Va., is an active member of the Surry Station Volunteers,
serving as chairperson on various projects, including: collecting grocery
store receipts, box tops and labels for Surry elementary schools for
needed supplies; collecting and distributing toiletry items for the needy
through Social Services; helping the Lions Club of Surry collect used
eyeglasses; and collecting cell phones for military troops. She helped
organize the Adopt-A-Highway program, works with and enlists fellow
employee volunteers for SkyAnchor's Disability Awareness Campsite in
Surry, and works with the station's Green Team on environmental and
oLisa Weinsheimer, a Customer Service Center supervisor for Dominion East
Ohio in Akron, is a long-time volunteer with the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society Ohio Buckeye Chapter's Walleye Fishing Tournament, which
raises money to fund research seeking a cure for the disease. For more
than a decade, she has worked as a tournament volunteer, using vacation
time to help plan, work with logistics and recruit other volunteers to
ensure a successful tournament. She supports victims of domestic violence
with the Domestic Violence Project's Hearts with Hope fundraiser. She also
participates in Rebuilding Together, a year-round program that helps
repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income, elderly, disabled and
veteran homeowners in the Akron area.
In 2012, Dominion, its charitable foundation and employees invested more than
$21 million and nearly 130,000 volunteer hours in programs that help improve
the quality of life for people in the communities where they work and live.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy,
with a portfolio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles
of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of
electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest
natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity
and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about
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